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Wordplay in Act 1, Scene 1: "Conceive"

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Kent and Gloucester use the word “conceive” to different ends in Act 1, Scene 1.

Which definition of “conceive” is each of them primarily invoking?

A

Kent means “to believe”; Gloucester means “to form an opinion of.”

B

Kent means “to imagine”; Gloucester means “to comprehend.”

C

Kent means “to design”; Gloucester means “to initiate.”

D

Kent means “to understand”; Gloucester means “to become pregnant with.”

E

Kent means “to render in writing”; Gloucester means “to express in speech.”